Below please find a recent letter sent to the Select Board of Nantucket following a vote by the Civic Association Board to do so. It encourages the Town to honor the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Town and the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund that allows for expansion of the geotubes. The issue of erosion affects our entire community and we all benefit from the ability to walk or bike the scenic road to Sankaty Head Lighthouse.
August 17, 2020
Dear Select Board of Nantucket:
The Board of the Siasconset Civic Association voted to support the expansion of the geotube project on the bluff off Baxter Road as was agreed in a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Board of Selectmen. The Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund has successfully shown over the past seven years that it is possible to stop erosion in protected areas with no negative impact as regular monitoring has shown.
Hundreds of residents and visitors walk, run or bike to Sankaty Lighthouse every day and protecting the road for residents is very important. This is a historic portion of ‘Sconset and includes the cliff walk that parallels the shoreline. The beach below is being nourished with sand in an environmentally responsible plan that is privately funded.
Many parts of Nantucket’s coastline are facing erosion and we think there is much to learn from this project that could help other parts of Nantucket as well as other communities in Massachusetts.
The Board of the Siasconset Civic Association supports the efforts of the ‘Sconset Beach Preservation Fund to stabilize the bank above the beach on Baxter Road and hopes that the Select Board will conclude that the continuing legal challenges are not in the best interest of the town or the community.
President, Siasconset Civic Association